p2p news / p2pnet: A 28-year-old Swede has been fined about $2,000 (16,000 kronor) for allegedly posting the Swedish film Hip Hip Hora online.
Because the case only dealt with one film, “and since the 28 year old made no financial gain from sharing it the court said it was imposing ‘a not insignificant fine" instead of prison’,” says The Local.
In an earlier story, The Local said prosecution was based almost entirely on evidence from MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) enforcer Antipiratbyrå, (APB) which, "accessed a local network with the DC programme and found Hip Hip Hora available, recorded the distributor’s IP address and reported him to the police. The police turned to the internet service provider Bredbandsbolaget, which was able to confirm that the IP address belonged to the Västerås man."
APB used a paid informer in an attack on Swedish ISP Bahnhof.
“The last few weeks have seen considerable speculation about the consequences of a guilty verdict and fine for the continued hunt for file sharers,” says The Local, adding:
“If the crime "only" results in a fine instead of prison, it means that police are unable to request personal details from internet operators. And that means the police cannot carry out raids on homes since they will not know exactly who is represented by the IP address.”
A similar trial is to be held in Sollentuna district court on Wednesday, adds the story.
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